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Hudson Valley Community College Administrators and Students Attend "Lobby Day" in Capitol

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8073
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, February 7, 2000

President John L. Buono, the president of Hudson Valley Community College, traveled to the State Capitol today with four students to attend the annual "Lobby Day" for community colleges and to meet with state legislators.

The Lobby Day was sponsored by the New York Community College Trustees of SUNY and the Association of Presidents of Public Community Colleges.

President Buono was accompanied by the college's Vice President of Student Servies, Willie A. Hammett, the director of the college's Disability Resource Center, Pablo Negron, and four students: Fitz Bradford '00, a Liberal Arts student from Albany; Lindsey Dessingue '00, a Nursing student from Troy; Mark Richeson '01, an Individual Studies student from Albany, and Justine Tedesco '01, a Human Services student from Albany.

"I am pleased to be able to bring students with me this year to the State Capitol," President Buono said. "They are able to articulate, firsthand, the wonderful opportunities and services that are provided to them as students of Hudson Valley Community College."

President Buono and the students discussed the college's vital role in the economic development of the Capital Region and New York State. The meetings focused on the need for increased state support for instructional delivery and program and equipment upgrades necessary for college programs to meet the changing needs of local business and industry.

Community colleges are open-door, comprehensive institutions that offer academically, financially and geographically accessible higher education to the state's residents. Community colleges provide the first two years of baccalaureate education, and a variety of career and occupational programs.

President Buono and the student delegation discussed the college's legislative agenda with lawmakers. The college's top priority is a $150 FTE increase in base state aid. Ideally, SUNY's community colleges operating costs are met by 1/3 state support, 1/3 sponsor support and 1/3 student tuition. Recent years have seen a decline in state and sponsor support, with the students making up the difference. At Hudson Valley Community College, students pay 39.5 percent of the college's net operating costs.

The college delegation also discussed the need for additional aid for capital construction, for disabled students, and for expensive technical and health science programs. Two of the students that accompanied President Buono to the Capitol are served by the college's Disability Resource Center.

President Buono and the students met with Senator Joseph Bruno, Senator Neil Breslin, Senator Kenneth LaValle, Assemblyman Ronald Canestrari, Assemblyman John McEneny and Assemblyman Edward Sullivan.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.